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Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story

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Into the Woods: A Five-Act Journey Into Story

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1094-8
Trim Size: 6" x 9"

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The idea behind Into the Woods is not to supplant works by Aristotle, Lajos Egri, Robert McKee, David Mamet or any other writers of guides for screenwriters, playwrights, and other storytellers, but to pick up on their cues and take the reader on a journey to the heart of all storytelling. In this wholly original book, John Yorke not only shows there truly is a unifying shape to narrative—one that echoes the great fairytale journey into the woods, and one, like any great art, that comes from deep within—he explains why, too.

With examples ranging from The Godfather to True Detective, Mad Men to Macbeth, and fairy tales to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), Yorke utilizes Shakespearean five-act structure as a key to analyzing storytelling in all narrative forms—from film and television to theatre and novel-writing—creating one of the most original and inspiring books ever on dramatic writing.

Praise for Into the Woods:
“A marvelous analysis of screenwriting.” —Julian Fellowes, creator/writer, Downton Abbey

“Outrageously good and by far and away the best book of its kind I’ve ever read . . . erudite, witty and full of practical magic.” Neil Cross, creator/writer Luther and Crossbones

John Yorke, former head of BBC Drama, is now the Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent behind Shameless, The White Queen, and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, among others.

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